To kick off this week we want you to get to know Richard Cook of RYSE Photography, a wedding photographer operating out of both Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and New York City.

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

Well, I consider myself a realist, working under pressure gives me some of my best work, love being a super dad to my 2 daughters, don’t care for people who don’t believe in change, love cheese cake, hate sharing it with you..get your own! The few… the proud…the Marines.

Why did you choose to become a photographer?

I was really studying to be a graphic artist and my college had photography as an extra course for credit. Took that course and the rest was history. I was hooked on having the ability to freeze a moment in time forever…

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How long have you been a photographer?

Been manipulating light and shadow onto a 2 dimensional surface for about 18 years so far.

How would you classify your style of photography?

I would like to think of my style as …”finger printing’… I tend to shoot based on what i have learned from who my clients are… example.. if a bride is conservative and simple… I tend to shoot with her perspective in mind… if she is funky and upbeat.. I will push the envelope with her.

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Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?

My professional influence and mentor is PATRICK DeMARCHELIER.. amazing photographer… Vogue / Marie Clare/Victoria’s Secret. My personal influence, inspiration and my reason for living… Siu and Emma… my 2 daughters.

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Do you have any good wedding stories?

My favorite story is a disastrous wedding with a major learning curve…
When i just started off as a wedding photographer, my boss at the time, his routine with his business would be to book a wedding for the studio and then assign me.. so i would just show up on the wedding day and go with the flow. Not realising it at that time, my enthusiasm for shooting got me into the habit of taking things for granted.. like great weather, the corporation of families and beautiful wedding dresses etc.

Well this wedding was a challenge that took me way out of the ball park.
The bride wore a dress that was the color of a grain bag and she was tan complexion in color and the groom was extremely pale and drank alcohol before the proceedings began.

Well sorry to say my photos were a story to tell indeed… a bride that looked like mother earth and a groom that looked like a pink flamingo…. but would you believe that the theme and decor for this wedding were a perfect blend with those too and as a result they loved their photos…. well good for them .. not for me.. coz that wedding still haunts me to this day.

And as a rule… I always ask every bride before her wedding…” what color is your dress by the way?”

What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?

Duh? NIKON… need i say more?

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What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?

The very first thing a couple should focus on when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer is his/her STYLE. That should be the first thing you gravitate to… this will ensure that he /she can relate to you when it comes to creating those memories that you see on your mind.

Any fun personal facts we should know about you?

Yeah… will work for cheese cake where applicable.

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